Hi there, Valentines day is coming up and why not make some personalized conversation hearts you can give your sweet heart. These candies can also be a fun ice breaker or entertainment.
I remember a situation in college and I had bought some conversation hearts, hoping they where similar to Love hearts candies that I was used to from home, but no the one I had bought were just sweet.
The situation was when my classmates and I were pulling an all-nighter and trying to finish our mid-term project. I had my head set on and listened to music, my classmate sitting across from me also had a headset on. While listening to music and trying to finish our mid-term, I sent him two hearts and asked how he was doing. I sent “you” and “good” and started a conversation. I remember we managed to hold a sort of conversation by sending candy back and fort. The conversation was a little banal, but entertaining.
When you make your own conversation hearts you can stamp or write your own words and letters. One of the things I like doing if I am giving away things, I try to personalize the packaging or do something nice.
This is an easy recipe and it is quite like sugar fondant.
2 tsp gelatine powder
1 dl sprite
o,5 dl water
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp dextrose
1 kg powdered sugar
2 tps citric acid
For white: 1-2 drops green apple flavouring
For yellow: 1- 2 drops mango flavoring
For pink: 1-2 drops raspberry flavoring
For green: 1-2 drops kiwi flavoring
These are the colors and flavors I used, bu you can use the colors and flavors your hearts desire. Remember that the different brands of flavoring and coloring are different, so adjust the flavoring and coloring to your liking.
Prepare 4 bowls with food coloring and flavoring
Bloom the gelatin with the Sprite in the bottom of a mixing bowl. After 5 minutes, set the bowl over a pot of simmering water to melt the gelatin, or microwave in short 5 second bursts until melted, set aside.
Combine water, sugar and dextrose in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
Boil this mixture until almost hard candy stage, when you drop a few drops in cold water it will harden like hard caramel, but not hard candy.
Pull this mixture off the heat and start combining the ingredients
In a mixer combine the sprite and gelatin mixture on slow speed with the sugarmix. Add the powdered sugar a cup or two at the time. Keep adding the powdered sugar until you have stiff fondant-like dough. You may not need all of the powdered sugar. If the dough gets grainy and hard, put it in the microwave for a 10-20 seconds to soften and knead. Putting it in the microwave the candy becomes more brittle
Turn the dough out onto the counter top and knead until smooth.
Divide the dough in four and knead each part in the prepared bowls with flavor and coloring, or divide into as many portions as you would like colors/flavors and keep any dough you’re not currently using wrapped in plastic to prevent it from trusting over.
If the dough gets crusty and hard, put it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften and knead.
Knead in the colors and flavors until homogenous. Taste a pinch of the dough and add more flavoring.
Roll the dough to about 2-3 mm thickness and cut out hearts or desired shapes.
Arrange the candies on a baking paper lined sheet pan and air dry for 48 hours. After 24 hours, flip all the hearts so they can dry on both sides.
Stamp or write the words and letters you want to decorate them with.